Cleansing process

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

Politics also

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


ALMOST everyone who lives in civilized communities of our present-day society looks up to law enforcement and the enforcers with utmost respect, if not with highest regard for the authority they represent and the implied power that stands behind them.

Indeed, the image they project, and the fear they arouse in the public, who are both the enforcers’ followers and masters at the same time, demand a more candid definition of the roles.

This contemporary notion of the role of the police with regards to their tasks of law enforcement and responsibility as law enforcers place the police in one of the most basic positions of the modern civilized societies of the globe today. Thus, it sort of saddens me to read in the last few issues of this daily about the way some of our law enforces have acted or behaved. Their being just humans cannot be an excuse.

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There was this report late last week about the old police station at Fuente Osmeña, “vacated in 2011 after Police Station 2, formerly called as Fuente Police Station, was transferred to a new building located across Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 on Osmeña Blvd. The old police station was being converted into motel by some police personnel.

The chief of Police Station 2 denied this, of course.

The PRO 7 director has reportedly ordered an investigation into the veracity of the report. I am sure quite many would be waiting for the result. It would be something if the inquiry would go as far as admitting it is so, and ascertaining who among the macho police flirts. But then there is the story about a top police said to have ties with a Bohol drug group.

The acting PRO 7 intelligence chief has ordered a probe “to determine if the official provided protection (to the drug group) of a former policeman (who was killed in ambush) in exchange for money. The PRO 7 chief did not however reveal the name of the top police official who was reportedly transferred recently to Camp Crame, but it is hoped that when the report is confirmed, the name will be released.

And then there is the police officer who was said to be among friends a few days ago drinking in a Cebu City restobar. The off-duty policeman, who is 17 years in the service, “fired his service pistol reportedly into a pile of sand outside the restobar on General Maxilom street. The policeman is a desk officer at the Mabolo police station. He denied remembering what happened. The policeman’s group had been said to be having mixed drinks, the reason he could not recall what happened.

And then, there is the police officer who had “called the shots” in the killing of Cebu businessman Richard King. Although the authorities had not yet found concrete evidence that would link Supt. Leonardo Felonia, who was assigned in Mandaue before he was transferred to Davao City.

Still, he is the top suspect in the killing of Richard King in Davao City, although the killer was said to be another man.

But just the same, what we have just cited above truly necessitated the cleansing, somehow of the police image.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 02, 2014.

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